City Dashboard Shows Trash, Weed Complaints

Trash on road in a neighborhood
Trash on road in a neighborhood | Image by Nimur/Shutterstock

The City of Dallas has launched a code compliance dashboard that maps violations and complaints citywide.

The dashboard tracks reports of trash, litter, high weeds, and overgrown vegetation. Thus far, in 2023, the dashboard notes that there have been nearly 120,000 service requests, with fewer than 113,000 of those requests being closed.

Code Compliance found more than 177,000 violations across the city, with southern Dallas having the highest overall number. Districts 4 and 7 had the most individual violations, with more than 28,000 and 24,000, respectively.

District 4 Council Member Carolyn King Arnold and District 7 Council Member Adam Bazaldua did not respond to requests for comment from The Dallas Express.

In October, The Dallas Morning News’ editorial board claimed that the dashboard has “some annoying kinks,” including running “a bit slow” and having “confusing” terminology.

The Dallas City Council Quality of Life, Arts, and Culture Committee reviewed the dashboard in an October meeting. Committee members acknowledged concerns about the dashboard’s functionality but championed the transparency it purportedly achieves for residents.

“I think this is great,” said Bazaldua, who also serves as the committee’s chair. “I think that it can only improve and [become] more of a helpful tool in the future.”

Bazaldua acknowledged the violations in District 7 but also noted that his district has “been really doing their part” in terms of addressing service requests.

“I see this as a huge, huge asset for our residents,” Bazaldua said.

Residents largely believe the City does a “poor” job of maintaining cleanliness throughout Dallas’ streets, according to a satisfaction survey published by the City of Dallas.

Meanwhile, volunteer groups in Dallas have taken the initiative to clean up the city, as reported by The Dallas Express. Additionally, the Metroplex Civic & Business Association recently launched a new “Adopt-A-Block” cleanup program to encourage local companies to take part in cleaning up Dallas.

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